Once each year, I am asked to speak to a group of parents of high school juniors at a local high school about the college admissions process. I gladly accept and lend whatever advice I can give but the reality for many of them is that it’s quite possibly too late to begin thinking about college admissions. The reasons are to plentiful to list here but suffice it to say that the college admissions process, especially for highly selective colleges and universities, begins on the first day of high school.

Selective colleges want to see, over the course of the three to three and a half years prior to submitting their applications, students who have exhibited a strong work ethic and focus on their grades. They want to see students challenging themselves by taking some of the most challenging courses their high school offers and excelling in them. Colleges also want to see students who are involved in extra-curricular activities and have shown potential for leadership in their communities.

That’s not to say that a sub-par GPA freshman year of high school can’t be overcome because it can with hard work and guidance.  But the key is to begin early and have a better understanding of what colleges are considering when reviewing a student’s application. That is where The College Project comes in; we guide our students, and their parents, through the entire admissions and financial aid process – starting as early as 9th grade in many cases.

Call us today for a free consultation to see if we may be of service for you and your family.


Sean Smith
President, The College Project
(859) 619-0439